A provocative manifesto for an interpretation of Islam that synthesizes liberal ideas and respect for the Islamic tradition.
From furious reactions to the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad to the suppression of women, news from the Muslim world begs the question: is Islam incompatible with freedom? With an eye sympathetic to Western liberalism and Islamic theology, Mustafa Akyol traces the ideological and historical roots of political Islam.
The years following Muhammad's passing in 632 AD saw an intellectual "war of ideas" rage between rationalist, flexible schools of Islam and the more dogmatic, rigid ones. The traditionalist school won out, fostering perceptions of Islam as antithetical to modernity. However, through his careful reexamination of the currents of Muslim thought, Akyol discovers a flourishing of liberalism in the 19th-century Ottoman Empire and the unique "Islamo-liberal synthesis" of present-day Turkey. Only by accepting a secular state, he powerfully asserts, can Islamic societies thrive.
Persuasive and inspiring, Islam Without Extremes offers a desperately needed intellectual basis for the reconcilability of Islam and religious, political, economic, and social freedoms.
©2011 Mustafa Akyol (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This is a strong narrative for rational thinking and secularism. There's a lot to be gained from hearing this perspective
I am so happy to read this book. It has provided with words which always seems to be surrounding in my thoughts and did not have the knowledge to express it. I will looking forward to more from this author, he has proven himself to be a great historian and narrator of Islamic narrator , very much needed at this time of Islamic world.
This is a lucid and well-researched argument against Islamic extremism coming from within Islam. It deserves to be widely read by Muslims and non-Muslims alike!
One of the best books I have ever read on the subject. This book is a must read!
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